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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Today's Globe: house calls, fading vitamins, medical e-files jobs, mammogram decline, Dr. Dorothy Villee, withholding vaccinations,
Dr. Myron Siu, 32, an internist who works at Tufts-New England Medical Center, started house calls last August; he's believed to be the only Cantonese-speaking doctor in Boston with a weekly commitment to see patients in their homes.
In Business, Massachusetts is among the leaders nationally in the use of electronic patient records and computerized drug prescribing. But its workforce is not keeping pace: The state lacks enough people who know how computers work and who understand how doctors diagnose and treat diseases.
US women are getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer at declining rates, according to a study describing a trend that some health officials fear may reverse progress against the deadly disease.
Dr. Dorothy (Balzer) Villee, an associate in endocrinology at Children's Hospital in Boston for nearly 30 years who volunteered with patients in their final days at Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, died of a stroke April 23 in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was 79.
If a majority of children are vaccinated, but some are not, the burden of disease can move into these high-risk populations where infection can have severe consequences, Dr. Maria Raven of New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center writes on the op-ed page.